Tortona Strawberry

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Piedmont

Fruit, nuts and fruit preserves

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Tortona Strawberry

In the early 20th century, a careful selection of the wild species growing on the hills surrounding Tortona led to the creation of a particularly excellent, highly perfumed strawberry cultivar. Not much bigger than a raspberry, it has a heady fragrance and a sweet, delicate flavor. In the 1930s, it was the star of the local economy. Up to 100 quintals of berries were collected every day during the harvest season, in characteristic baskets made from woven wood. Real Tortona strawberries are highly perishable: picked in the morning, they must be consumed the same day.

Season

Harvesting takes place between May and June, with a very short storage period. As processed is available all year round

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The crisis began after the Second World War and was caused by pollination difficulties—too many female plants—and the greater profitability of inferior varieties, like the Volpedo giant strawberry. The few kilos still being picked came from family plots, particularly in Oasi, on the eastern outskirts of the city. The area has by now been almost completely urbanized, but a few producers, joined together in a consortium and protected by the Presidium, have started growing the strawberries in nearby fields.

Production Area
Municipality of Tortona, Province of Alessandria

Presidium supported by
Municipality of Tortona, Tortona Strawberry Consortium

Grows and processes
Cascina Carcassola
di Patrizia Lodi
Strada Molino Bruciato,
Località Rivalta Scrivia
Tortona (Al)
Tel. +39 338 6471958
patrizia@carcassola.it
www.carcassola.it

Growers
Cascina Folletto
di Andreina Avanti
Strada Veneziana, 9
Frazione Bettole Tortona (Al)
Tel. +39 339 6749917
info@cascinafolletto.com
www.cascinafolletto.com

Giuseppe Catto
Località Rivalta Scrivia
Strada Provinciale per Pozzolo, 17 - Cascina Fabbrica
Tortona (Al)
Tel. +39 336 256512
agri.fabbrica@alice.it

Paola Dotti
Strada Gentila, 3
Tortona (Al)
Tel. +39 333 8592999

Le Giuliandre
di Ivana Nobile
Via Tortona, 23
Viguzzolo (Al)
Tel. +39 339 1251551
ivananobile@gmail.com

Maria Teresa Mandirola
Strada Todeschina, 13
Viguzzolo (Al)
Tel. +39 339 7573671
mt.mandirola@gmail.com

Andrea Milano
Via Emilia Sud, 30
Località Ostarietta
Pontecurone (Al)
Tel. +39 339 7436556
andrea.milanoam@libero.it

Paola Sacco
Strada Ghilina, 2
Tortona (Al)
Tel.+39 348 0630928
pelacagna@libero.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Patrizia Lodi
Tel. +39 338 6471958
patrizia@carcassola.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marco Dell’Era
Tel. +39 338 3147625
mdellera65@gmail.com
The crisis began after the Second World War and was caused by pollination difficulties—too many female plants—and the greater profitability of inferior varieties, like the Volpedo giant strawberry. The few kilos still being picked came from family plots, particularly in Oasi, on the eastern outskirts of the city. The area has by now been almost completely urbanized, but a few producers, joined together in a consortium and protected by the Presidium, have started growing the strawberries in nearby fields.

Production Area
Municipality of Tortona, Province of Alessandria

Presidium supported by
Municipality of Tortona, Tortona Strawberry Consortium

Grows and processes
Cascina Carcassola
di Patrizia Lodi
Strada Molino Bruciato,
Località Rivalta Scrivia
Tortona (Al)
Tel. +39 338 6471958
patrizia@carcassola.it
www.carcassola.it

Growers
Cascina Folletto
di Andreina Avanti
Strada Veneziana, 9
Frazione Bettole Tortona (Al)
Tel. +39 339 6749917
info@cascinafolletto.com
www.cascinafolletto.com

Giuseppe Catto
Località Rivalta Scrivia
Strada Provinciale per Pozzolo, 17 - Cascina Fabbrica
Tortona (Al)
Tel. +39 336 256512
agri.fabbrica@alice.it

Paola Dotti
Strada Gentila, 3
Tortona (Al)
Tel. +39 333 8592999

Le Giuliandre
di Ivana Nobile
Via Tortona, 23
Viguzzolo (Al)
Tel. +39 339 1251551
ivananobile@gmail.com

Maria Teresa Mandirola
Strada Todeschina, 13
Viguzzolo (Al)
Tel. +39 339 7573671
mt.mandirola@gmail.com

Andrea Milano
Via Emilia Sud, 30
Località Ostarietta
Pontecurone (Al)
Tel. +39 339 7436556
andrea.milanoam@libero.it

Paola Sacco
Strada Ghilina, 2
Tortona (Al)
Tel.+39 348 0630928
pelacagna@libero.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Patrizia Lodi
Tel. +39 338 6471958
patrizia@carcassola.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marco Dell’Era
Tel. +39 338 3147625
mdellera65@gmail.com

Territory

StateItaly
RegionPiedmont